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Monday, March 14, 2011

Mario Botta rocks! Iconic, emblematic visionary architect

Mario Botta shows the way for futuristic architecture

Born April 1, 1943, Mario Botta is a Swiss architect at the forefront of 21st Century Architecture. His style is emblematic of the flowing, sustainable buildings that will increasingly be at the forefront of twenty-first century architectural design.

Together with leading modern architects such as Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Moshe Safdie, Rem Koolhas, Steven Holl, Coop Himmelblau and Pelli Clarke Pelli, Mario Botta is considered to be one of the most forward-thinking, inspirational arhitects of this 21st Century.

Botta studied at the Liceo Artistico in Milan and the IUAV in Venice. His ideas were influenced by Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Louis Kahn. He opened his own practice in 1970 in Lugano. He designed his first buildings at age 16, a two-family house at Morbio Superiore in Ticino. While the arrangements of spaces in this structure is inconsistent, its relationship to its site, separation of living from service spaces, and deep window recesses echo of what would become his stark, strong, towering style.

Le Corbusier's influence on young architect Mario Botta

Le Corbusier has been characterized by Mario Botta as being, for him, "the history of architecture." Corbusier represents, in Mario Botta's early training, most of his impressions of modern architecture as well as the notion that the profession of architecture can assist society. Mario Botta worked in the master's studio with Jullian de la Fuente and Jose Oubrerie on a new hospital project for Venice. Mario Botta was there six months, but the master died at the beginning of his tenure.

Mario Botta's designs often include a strong sense of geometry, often being based on very simple shapes, yet creating unique volumes of space. His buildings are often made of brick, yet his use of material is wide, varied, and often unique. His trademark style can be seen widely in Switzerland particularly the Ticino region and also in the Mediatheque in Villeurbanne (1988), a cathedral in Évry (1995), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art or SFMOMA (1994).

Tschuggen Bergoase Spa by architect Mario Botta

Cathedral of Resurrection, France

Bechter Museum in Charlotte, NC

Harting Technologiegruppe head office in Minden

Way to go, Mario! Stick with innovative, uplifting buildings, and you will keep inspiring humanity to higher heights.

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